9. Cannon Green Bonfire

 


Princeton has traditionally held a victory bonfire when the football team defeats both Harvard and Yale to win the “Big Three” championship.  The bonfire takes place on Cannon Green behind Nassau Hall, where wood and kindling have been supplemented over the years by such items as crates, fences, and pianos, which are then topped by an outhouse from which a bulldog is hanged.  Though the bonfire tradition dates back at least a century, the Princeton football team has not won these crucial two games within the same season since 1994, when this picture was taken from the roof of Whig Hall.

  • To learn more about Cannon Green, see Café Vivian picture #102.

  • To learn more about campus fires, see icon #5 and Café Vivian picture #4, 8, 46, 58, 61, and 78.

  • To learn more about football at Princeton, see quotation #22, and Café Vivian picture #12, 38, 39, 48, 49, 56, 102, and 111.

  • To learn more about Princeton traditions, see icon #1, 9, 10, and 11, and Café Vivian picture #12, 23, 24, 86, 97, 112, 116, and 132.

  • To learn more about student life at Princeton, see icon #1, quotation #7, 9, 18, and 22, and Café Vivian picture #12, 16, 18, 23, 24, 45, 53, 79, 82, 84, 89, 92, 96, 97, 106, 109, 113, 115, 116, 117, 129, and 132.

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